Brooklyn is easily the hippest of New York City’s five boroughs. Whether you want to eat gourmet donuts, drink craft bourbon or purchase fair trade clothing, Brooklyn’s got you covered. But Brooklyn has much more to offer than artisanal eats, small-batch spirits and socially responsible commerce. Thanks to a growing stock of full-service hotels, it also has ample meeting space, which makes Brooklyn as fitting a destination for events as it is for organic groceries, makers’ markets and urban axe-throwing.
The properties speak for themselves. Here, for example, are five of them, each of which is doing its part to make Brooklyn the new nexus for meetings in New York:
Hotel Indigo Williamsburg Brooklyn
Brand new to Brooklyn is Hotel Indigo Williamsburg Brooklyn (pictured), which opened this week in the borough’s trendy Williamsburg neighborhood. Featuring an ultra-contemporary design whose tiered, staircase effect adds a distinctive element to the Brooklyn skyline, the property has 187 guest rooms and suites -- including the 1,100-square-foot Williamsburg Grand Suite -- as well as a dual-level signature restaurant opening this fall, a fitness center, an open-air sundeck with a pool, and nearly 20,000 square feet of meeting space that includes a 6,630-square-foot ballroom, a 2,800-square-foot prefunction space and a 7,920-square-foot outdoor courtyard.
The Hoxton, Williamsburg
Another recent addition is The Hoxton, Williamsburg, which debuted in summer 2018 on the site of the former Rosenwach factory, maker of the iconic wooden water towers that punctuate New York’s skyline. Along with 175 guest rooms that combine concrete ceilings with brass fixtures and velvet headboards, the industrial hotel offers three restaurants -- a lobby eatery serving American classics, an outdoor terrace serving bar bites and a rooftop venue specializing in seafood -- and a residential-style conference center known as The Apartment, which includes five meeting rooms, foosball tables, a fireplace and a fully stocked communal kitchen.
The Williamsburg Hotel
Yet another Williamsburg property for groups is The Williamsburg Hotel, which opened in 2017 with 150 guest rooms clad in brick, glass and steel. There’s also a signature restaurant serving Eastern Mediterranean cuisine, a lobby bar, a complimentary chauffeur-driven tuk-tuk (a mechanized three-wheel taxi) that transports guests to local destinations upon request, a fleet of custom-built cruiser bikes that are available for complimentary use, and a destination rooftop that includes an outdoor pool and an elevated glass cocktail bar known as the Water Tower. There also are several meeting and event spaces, including a 1,600-square-foot library for groups of up to 120 and a 6,500-square-foot ballroom for up to 400 seated guests.
The William Vale
The current explosion of hotel development in Brooklyn generally and Williamsburg specifically began in 2016, with the opening of The William Vale. Along with 183 guest rooms, the hotel features a 5,000-square-foot rooftop with a 60-foot outdoor pool -- New York’s and Brooklyn’s longest hotel pool -- a 15,000-square-foot elevated public park and three restaurants: Leuca, which serves wood-fired Southern Italian cuisine; Westlight, a rooftop bar serving craft cocktails and small plates; and Mister Dips, a retrofitted 1974 Airstream serving burgers, fries and seasonal dairy dips from the aforementioned park. For meetings, there’s approximately 10,000 square feet of indoor space, including three board and conference rooms and a 4,096-square-foot ballroom for up to 320 guests.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
Although Williamsburg is popping, it’s not the only part of Brooklyn to which meeting groups are flocking. Another popular destination is Brooklyn’s Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, beside the East River just south of the Brooklyn Bridge. There, you’ll find 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, which opened in February 2017. Designed by local artists, who infused it with reclaimed materials and native greenery, the hotel has 194 guest rooms, a rooftop lounge with craft cocktails and live DJs, a spa, a rooftop pool, a fitness center, a private screening room for up to 50 guests and numerous spaces for gatherings. The latter include several meeting rooms and “social spaces” -- the largest of which is the 11,000-square-foot Meadow Rue for groups of up to 1,000 people -- a boardroom and a hospitality suite for groups of up to 30.